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European Council in Brussels Guidelines for Brexit negotiations adopted

At the meeting of the European Council, EU leaders demonstrated unity on trade issues and on the nerve agent attack in Salisbury. The EU27 adopted guidelines on the framework for a future relationship with the United Kingdom. Also on the agenda was the future architecture of the eurozone. more

Government statement "We are all part of Germany!"

"Something has changed in our country." In spite of the excellent economic situation, people are concerned about the future and about the cohesion of society. The refugee crisis "was an unprecedented challenge" for Germany, said Angela Merkel. It was an exceptional humanitarian situation. more

In the German Bundestag Angela Merkel re-elected Chancellor

The German Bundestag has re-elected Angela Merkel Chancellor. In the first round of voting, she won 364 of 692 votes cast. Angela Merkel accepted the result of the vote. more

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The Chancellor in pictures

Berlin, 10.04.18: In spite of many efforts there is still no real ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. Chancellor Angela Merkel assured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko of Germany's continued support.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

The German government aims to pursue the project of a UN peacekeeping mission. A high-ranking delegation is to visit Ukraine and provide domestic policy support on the ground.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

In the second half of this year a third German-Ukrainian business forum is to be held, in order to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Bergmann

At lunchtime the Cabinet ministers arrived at the government guest house in Meseberg for their first retreat.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

For two days the Cabinet discussed in depth the priorities of the new government.

German government guest house open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

On 2 May the budget for this year is to be adopted, and the salient points of the 2019 budget considered.

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Cabinet retreat open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Berlin, 12.04.18: When the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen visited on Thursday, the Chancellor welcomed the shared positions and interests of Germany and Denmark.

Chancellor Angela Merkel before the Cabinet meeting at Schloss Meseberg open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

The international situation featured largely on the agenda of the two leaders.The situation is tense in view of recent developments in Syria, said Angela Merkel.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen at a press conference open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Berlin, 13.04.18: Serbia's accession to the EU was again one of the main points on the agenda of the meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

"Serbia plays a key role - both in terms of Kosovo and in terms of Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Angela Merkel.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia's President. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

The two leaders will meet again on 16 May in Sofia, where they will be attending the EU-Western Balkans Summit with other EU partners.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

The Chancellor in pictures

Meseberg, 11.04.18: In the morning the Cabinet ministers met, for a change not at the Federal Chancellery.

At the start of the Cabinet meeting in Schloss Meseberg, Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

The Cabinet spent two days in Meseberg discussing in detail the focuses of government policy.

Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the Cabinet meeting at Schloss Meseberg open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

With Deputy Federal Chancellor and Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the Chancellor met the press at the end of the retreat.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance on their way to the press conference open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

A "marked will to cooperate" was apparent. All Cabinet ministers are determined "to address the tasks laid out in the Coalition Agreement".

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Olaf Scholz, Federal Finance Minister at the press conference open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Meseberg, 10.04.18: On Tuesday morning Chancellor Angela Merkel and the members of the new Cabinet arrived in Meseberg for the Cabinet retreat.

Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at Schloss Meseberg for the Cabinet retreat. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Ingo Kramer (l.), President of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations, and Reiner Hoffmann, President of the German Trade Union Confederation, were also invited to participate in the discussion on full employment.

Ingo Kramer (l.), President of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations, and Reiner Hoffmann, President of the  German Trade Union Confederation in discussion open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

Policy on working time was an important topic. One of the new government's first bills is to facilitate the move from part-time to full-time work.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Cabinet ministers before the initial session with BDA President Ingo Kramer and DGB President Reiner Hoffmann open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

The obligatory family photo of the entire Cabinet

Family photo open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

In the afternoon NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived at the retreat. Talks with him focused on foreign policy issues.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Federal Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

The EU's expectations of Germany were discussed in the evening with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.

Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. open popup The Chancellor in pictures Photo: Bundesregierung/Steins

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